Organization of Team Rocket
We have seen four classes of Team Rocket members so far in the anime, which I call Classes A+, A,
B, and C. Here's a rundown of the characteristics and members of each group:
And of course who could forget the big guy himself...
These are super-ranked Team Rocket members whose have the job of keeping
the underlings in order after Giovanni's defeat in R/B/Y. They organize
new schemes in the land of Johto, such as taking control of the Goldenrod
Radio Tower and the Red Gyarados experiment at the Lake of Rage. These
members keep the Team Rocket organization active, even though their
revered leader has been defeated. Since the GB series follows a slightly
different storyline than the anime, the elites have never made a television/movie
appearance. As long as Giovanni remains in power (in the anime, at least!),
it is unlikely that we will see the Executives in the anime.
Uniforms: Dark reddish-purple with a small R on the top corner of the
shirt. The male and female execs have slightly different uniforms.
- Class A+: Super-Elites
These are the highest rank of Team Rocket members. They are considered
"one man armies" who get the job done. Several assignments include devising
and operating the Crystal System to capture Raikou, and searching out
the Red Gyarados at the Lake of Rage.
Uniforms: Gray and dark blue. There appear to be two variations. No
female Super-Execs have appeared. Yet.
Members: Bashou, Buson, Shiranui; Tatsumi
- Class A: Active-duty Elites
These are high ranking members of Team Rocket. They are assigned special
duties by the Boss, who keeps in close contact with them. In fact, the
Boss personally bails out these members whenever they get arrested or
into trouble with the law. Class A consists of TR members who have succeeded
in capturing many Pokemon, and probably have high salaries as a result.
(They don't seem to worry about promotions or payraises, and rarely
suffer money troubles.) Some Class A members, like Wendy, have internal
jobs at TRHQ.
Uniforms: black (with the red R), bordered with white and a red stripe;
gloves and boots are also white with a red stripe.
Members: Butch and Cassidy;
- Class B: Active-duty Underlings
These members are secondary to Class A, without any special privileges
or assignments. It seems that these members are usually given simpler
assignments or general work for Team Rocket (just being told to capture
any "rare" Pokemon). Class B members do not have high salaries, as they
have not succeeded in capturing many Pokemon. This is probably the lowest
rank of active-duty members since Mondo, an apprentice Rocket, belongs
to this group.
Uniforms: white (with the red R) with black shirts underneath; charcoal
gray boots and gloves.
Members: Jessie and James;
- Class C: Rocket Minions ("Rocket Grunts")
These are the Rocket members who do much of the "grunt
work" for the organization. They are usually called in as backup on
complex missions (such as the St. Anne heist, or capturing Pokemon
that Mewtwo weakened). Some of the Class C members serve as messengers
between Giovanni and active-duty Rockets, while others are guards.
Uniforms: plain black/gray (with the red R); black hats; boots and
gloves are either black or white.
Members: There are many of these members, but none of them are specifically
named. They are ususally identified as "Rocket
Grunt" or "Minion of Team Rocket". There are also Rocket
Girls, who wear a uniform much like Jessie's.
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